Harold's Story

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have had sight-saving cataract surgery at Roma Hospital through a large collaboration of health services in South West Queensland.

During three days of operations in February and March 2016, almost 60 patients from South West Queensland had surgery in an exercise made possible by a one-off grant from the Australian Government to CheckUP for eye and ear surgery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.

CheckUP and QAIHC are planning for more “cataract surgery blitzes” in other parts of rural and remote Queensland over the next 12 months.

Special thanks to the South West Hospital and Health Service Executive and surgeon, Dr Steven Rodwell for their role in facilitating the surgery at Roma Hospital, and the Aboriginal Medical Services who played a critical role. Thanks also to the IDEAS Van and Dr Rowan Porter, who provided services from the van and prioritised patients for surgery.

To find out more about the Cataract Surgery in Roma and Harold's story view our Signature Story short film.